NFL star's father alleges abuse by HPD

November 19, 2008 3:33:54 PM PST
The father of NFL wide receiver Donald Driver says Houston police officers beat him up so badly that it sent him to intensive care. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

His family released photos of Marvin Driver Wednesday afternoon. He's in the ICU at Memorial Hermann Hospital, but has been able to scribble down what he says happened.

Driver was stopped in front of his southeast Houston home early Monday morning for outstanding traffic warrants. He was taken into custody, but he says he never made it to jail. He claims two HPD officers took him to a gas station, beat him up and left him there. His brother says he was just fine when police took him away.

"He left here in perfect condition, but I can tell by the way the police officers were grabbing him and pulling him and snatching him that he was in trouble when left here," said Winston Driver.

The family believes Driver was targeted because he is black. One of the officers involved is Hispanic. HPD says driver did make it to jail but was unresponsive. That's when he went to the hospital.

In a statement, the department says, "We take allegations such as these very seriously and will begin a thorough investigation into the matter. The two officers remain on duty pending further investigation."

We are told Donald Driver is aware of what happened and is concerned. He's played for the Green Bay Packers since 1999.

      Headline check | 100 most recent local stories | News alerts
            Slideshow archive | ABC13 wireless | Help solve crimes


Load Comments